Eight mayors in seven days have officially proclaimed it to be Independents Week in their municipalities.
It is the locally owned, independent businesses Local First Utah partner businesses across the state that make the words of this proclamation ring true!
Whereas, Independents Week provides a time to celebrate the independence of the members of the community of Utah and the entrepreneurial spirit represented by our core of local independent businesses; and
Whereas, the individual decisions every community member makes today affect the future of Utah; and
Whereas, Utah’s local independent businesses help preserve the uniqueness of the community and give us a sense of place; and
Whereas, Utah’s core of independently-owned businesses give back to this community in goods, services, time and talent; and
Whereas, the health of Utah’s economy depends on our support of businesses owned by our friends and neighbors; and
Whereas, Utah’s independent business owners and employees enrich community members’ shopping experiences with their knowledge & passion.
Proclaim it yourself by stopping by one of these participating businesses, and pick up an "I Buy Local First" bumper sticker while supplies last!
When you eat in a local restaurant, who does that benefit? The restaurant, of course, but who else? The accountant who files that restaurant's taxes, the landscaping company that manicures its lawn, the electrician who keeps the lights on... the list goes on and on. And local businesses tend to buy from other local businesses. That means some of the money that bought your dinner was used to pay the accountant, landscaping company, and electrician.
This network of continually expanding ripples is what we like to call localnomics. It's an economic system by which locally owned independent businesses organize the production, purchase and sales of goods and services in a manner that encourages economic prosperity and builds community.
Can you imagine our eclectic and vibrant communities all the way from Logan to St George without all of our independent businesses? Neither can we.
That's why we host Independents Week each summer. Our Independents Week campaign is all about connecting locally owned businesses to other locals, and sharing the support that elected officials have for our locally owned businesses.
You'll received a kit full of specialized marketing materials, like our Independents Week Posters, Pledge Buttons and a Social Media Kit.
Check out a list of enrolled businesses here. (Coming soon!)
Commit to buying locally as often as possible during Independents Week, July 1-7th, 2015. When you pledge, you'll receive some handy social media tools to let your friends know that you've taken the pledge!
Local First Utah is calling on elected officials from across the state of Utah to sign our proclamation, officially recognizing July 1-7th as Independents Week in their cities and towns. Check to see if your city has officially recognized July 1st - 7th as Independents Week. (If not, give your representatives a call, and encourage them to sign!)